According to a 2022 survey, 42% of homeowners said they preferred engineered quartz for their next remodel. That number’s pretty high, but it might actually be much bigger if there weren’t so many myths surrounding quartz countertops. Maybe you too have thought of going with quartz and would like to know if these misconceptions are true. Here are some common myths about quartz countertops debunked.
Myth #1: Quartzite and Quartz Are the Same
Quartzite and quartz share similar properties but are two different materials. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock consisting almost entirely of the mineral quartz. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are a type of engineered stone that does contain the mineral quartz, but in a lesser quantity than quartzite. The mineral silica binds quartzite slabs, while quartz ones are held together with polymers and resins.
Myth #2: There Aren’t Many Variations to Choose From
Since quartz countertops are manufactured, you’ll find there is quite a bit of variety. While mostly cream, white, gray, and tan patterns are popular, you can also find quartz available in other colors, such as blue, red, and green. Some quartz may even resemble limestone or other natural stone.
Here at Aphrodite Marble and Granite, we have a wide selection and invite you to browse our inventory. If you’re looking for something in particular, please let us know so we can help you find that perfect slab.
Myth #3: You Have to Reseal Them Often
During manufacturing, quartz slabs are mixed with polymers and resins and then baked in an industrial oven until hardened. This permanently bonds the materials together and creates a protective seal. So unlike granite or marble, you will never need to reseal your quartz countertops.
Myth #4: Quartz is Prone to Chipping and Cracking
The quartz mineral has a rating of around 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Since quartz countertops primarily contain this mineral, they are durable enough to resist chips, nicks, and dings. In fact, quartz is more scratch resistant than many other materials, including granite and soapstone. However, you should avoid using harsh or acidic cleaners, which can permanently etch the surface. Mild detergent and a soft cloth are all needed to take care of most spills.
Myth #5: Quartz is Very Expensive
Quartz isn’t the most inexpensive material, nor is it the costliest. It falls in the middle of the price range, making it a great value. And a quartz counter will last between 10 and 15 years on average. If you are looking for something attractive and durable but feel that high-end materials are not within your budget, quartz would be an excellent option.
Finding the Right Quartz Countertop for Your Home
Your kitchen countertops will see a lot of use, so it is important to have the facts. Here at Aphrodite Marble and Granite, we hope you’ll use this information to make the right decision for you and your family. Call us if you still have questions, or better yet, stop by our Forked River, New Jersey showroom to view samples for yourself.